Pakistan

‘Fill the Jails Movement’ to begin with the arrest of Allama Hassan Zafar today

The countrywide protest movement is being begun across Pakistan against the enforced disappearance of innocent Shia Muslims. Allama Hassan Zafar Naqvi, deputy secretary general, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen is offering himself to police for arrest at the Khoja Isna Ashri Jamey Masjid after Friday prayers.

Flanked by Allama Nazir Taqvi of Shia Ulema Council, Rashid Rizvi of Pasban-e-Aza, Jafar Subhani (SUC), Saghir Abid (Shia Action Committee), Nisar Shah Ji of Payam e Wilayat, S M Naqi of Tanzeem-e-Aza, Hassan Raza Sohail of Jafaria Alliance and others, Allama Hassan Zafar told the media at a press conference yesterday that supporters of the missing Shias will continue to protest till these missing Shias get their legal and constitutional right.
“Pakistani Shia Muslims are loyal, patriot and law-abiding sons of this motherland. We believe in rule of law, peace, fraternity and cohesion that is why we remained peaceful during Ashura mourning processions despite the fact that our near and dear ones have been subjected to enforced disappearance,” he said, making it clear that this mature policy of theirs should not be misunderstood as weakness or compulsion.
Allama Hassan Zafar said that it was legal right of all the missing Shias that they should have been produced in courts of law if they were accused of anything but they were not produced in the courts that meant they were not wanted in any case hence it was legitimate demands of their heirs that they must be released forthwith. He said that Shia Muslims were demanding no favour or charity but they were calling for their legal rights be granted to them.
He said that almost all Shia parties and leaders have joined this movement and all demand release of innocent Shia Muslims without any delay.

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